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Old 02-23-2012, 01:31   #1
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My insurance does not cover my testing strips.
So, I have been paying out of pocket for my One Touch Ultra test strips myself (usually just buy a package of 25 at a time). The meter is pretty accurate. Whenever I feel low and test it tells me I am low (although sometimes I have false lows)...and the numbers are pretty steady since testing(my doc gave it to me).
But I found the Relion meter at Walmart and the machine was only eight dollars and a box of 100 test strips was only 36 bucks.
So I tested with both simultaneously ten minutes ago. The one touch said my sugar was 102. The Relion said it was 107. (Note: I had a grilled cheese sandwich and an Atkins shake prior to testing).
So I am wondering which is better?

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No difference. I use Relion and it like all the others has a 20% high or low.




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So I tested with both simultaneously ten minutes ago. The one touch said my sugar was 102. The Relion said it was 107. (Note: I had a grilled cheese sandwich and an Atkins shake prior to testing).
So I am wondering which is better?
Essentially no difference at all. Go with the cheapie!




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My insurance does not cover my testing strips.
So, I have been paying out of pocket for my One Touch Ultra test strips myself (usually just buy a package of 25 at a time). The meter is pretty accurate. Whenever I feel low and test it tells me I am low (although sometimes I have false lows)...and the numbers are pretty steady since testing(my doc gave it to me).
But I found the Relion meter at Walmart and the machine was only eight dollars and a box of 100 test strips was only 36 bucks.
So I tested with both simultaneously ten minutes ago. The one touch said my sugar was 102. The Relion said it was 107. (Note: I had a grilled cheese sandwich and an Atkins shake prior to testing).
So I am wondering which is better?
OneTouch is ridiculously expensive. 102 and 107 is same. I use the Accu Check active as I get cheap strips online (on ebay india) for this meter.

I would recommend going with the cheapest one.

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love the Accu-chek Mobile if you can get one. 50 strips on a continuous reel, no strips to insert, no coding etc...

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Consumer Reports reviewed meters (November 2011). They liked the Accu-Chek Compact Plus and the Accu-Chek Aviva best. I bought an Aviva from Amazon as a backup. It's similar in use to the OneTouch Ultra2 I have, except instead of entering the code numbers for the test strips into the meter, the strips come with a small chip that plugs into the side of the meter, saving a few steps.

It's a good meter but requires a special cable to transfer data, via infrared, to the PC. This cable is a different type than the one for the Ultra2. I haven't bought the IR cable yet.

As for ratings, CR rated the OneTouch Ultra2 8th out of 17 meters. The Relion Confirm was rated 7th out of 17, the Relion Micro 9th of 17, and the Relion Ultima 12th of 17. All three Relions were given a "Best Buy".

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I have a ton of meters but my Accu-chek Aviva is my go to meter. I would have preferred to use my Accu-chek Aviva Nano as it is much smaller and has a light for nighttime use. I personally can't stand the Accu-chek Mobile or the Compact Plus as they are both so freakin' huge and unnecessarily bulky. My One Touch Ultra Easy is nice and compact but I cant stand the touchy strips that always register an error or the fact that it reads much lower than it should. (It always gives me readings in the hypo range despite never being hypo or close to it). My Bayer Contour USB is cool but the strips are difficult to obtain here in Sweden. The same applies for my AgaMatrix Wavesense meter which is advertised as having a 10% margin of error as opposed to the standard 20%.

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I have the Accu-chek aviva as well. My husband has the Relion. He seemed to be getting really high reading lately, so I had him use my machine to check it. There was a 30 point difference between the two. I assume because it is an older machine he may have to replace it. I did test myself, and then on his machine, and there was a 20 point difference with his being higher both times. I think we are going to get him the same one I have and use the relion as a backup.

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OneTouch is ridiculously expensive.
I would recommend going with the cheapest one.
Onetouch SelectSimple strips in India cost Rs 18/Strip for a packing of 50 and accuchek drum (of 17 strips) costs Rs 350 discounted. I am more inclined towards Onetouch with Accuchek Integra as a standby. Accuchek Integra always reads 15-45 points higher as compared to Onetouch depending on level.

 
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